BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Tetley’s Board of Trustees is made up of dedicated individuals who come from many sectors, including the visual arts. We are grateful for our Trustees’ guidance and commitment to seeing The Tetley succeed as a new community resource in Leeds.
Gerald Jennings is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the retail property sector for over 25 years. He is President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce (leading the business case for Devolution and HS2) and a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Henry Boot PLC. Previously, Gerald was Land Securities’ Retail Portfolio Director and was instrumental in the development of Trinity Leeds which opened in 2013. He is an active member of the business community and is involved in a number of social enterprises and charities including Leeds City College, the Ahead Partnership, Leeds BID, Leeds Community Foundation.
Jean Dent, OBE has recently retired after 40 years service at Leeds City Council. For the last nine of those years she was a director and the last three was the Director of City Development, with responsibility for the physical,economic and cultural development of the city. She is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has had an active role , during her career, in many regeneration and cultural schemes which have helped transform Leeds. She is now a governor at Leeds Metropolitan University; a governor at two primary schools which have federated and a consultant with the regeneration consultancy Eye. Jean was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year's Honours List for her services to local government.
Phil Beeston is Supply Chain Controller at Carlsberg UK. Phil has worked for Carlsberg for 19 years in a variety of finance roles. He is responsible for the development of the Leeds Brewery site, as well as providing support to the Production Director in delivering the ambitious targets for one of Carlsberg’s largest breweries in Northapmton. Phil holds a BA(Hons) Business Studies from Wolverhampton. For 15 years Phil has been involved on the Leeds site and is pleased to be so closely involved in this project to create an exciting new use for an iconic building in Tetley’s history.
Dawn Cameron is a self-employed researcher, project manager and evaluator working primarily in the creative arts and cultural sectors. She has attained Masters of Arts degrees in Social and Public Policy and in Creative Writing and works to combine those areas of artistic and academic interest in her self-employed assignments. She is interested in working on projects which seek to deliver social change and which enable individuals to engage in creative practice. Over the past 10 years she has been engaged by clients to carry out several research and evaluation assignments, primarily in the areas of the arts, cultural policy and heritage.
In addition to her evaluation work, Dawn is an experienced project manager. She currently co-ordinates Extend – a national cultural leadership programme devised by engage (the National Association for Gallery Education). In recent years she has also coordinated Maximise across three regions (an ACE programme which enabled arts organisations to develop and test action research programmes designed to attract new audiences); conducted research projects for ACE, including Where’s the Vybe which sought to quantify the financial and artistic impact of black led arts in the Yorkshire region.
Adrian came to Yorkshire in 1981 to study fine art in Leeds, and has subsequently lived, and worked in the cultural sector in Yorkshire for over twenty-five years, as an artist, in academia, as an independent producer, and as a Director in regional and national arts development agencies. As a creative consultant, Adrian was Programme Lead in the team that bid successfully for Hull to be UK City of Culture in 2017. He is currently Chair of Yorkshire and Humber Contemporary Visual Arts Network, and a non-executive Director of Forced Entertainment.
Deborah Green is Director of Student Recruitment at the University of Hull where she is responsible for strategic leadership and direction of the university’s recruitment and admissions activity. Deborah took up this post in November 2016, having previously been Director of Marketing at Leeds Beckett University, where she played a pivotal role in rebranding the university and Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds, where she was responsible for the city’s strategic destination marketing, promoting Leeds as a world-class destination for business, leisure and education. She is a lawyer by profession and was previously an associate director at the College of Law and founder director of Leeds Legal. Deborah was recognised as Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Pippa Hale is Co-Founder of The Tetley and operating charity Project Space Leeds, which was set up in 2006 with Kerry Harker and Diane Howse. From 2007-2012 PSL operated from a large ground floor unit at Whitehall Waterfront before transforming into The Tetley in 2013. In 2007 Pippa also founded The Northern Art Prize, an annual prize for contemporary artists based in the North of England, which took place from 2007-13 at Leeds Art Gallery in partnership with Logistik and Leeds City Council. Pippa stepped back from her executive role at The Tetley in 2015 to pursue her first love as an artist: previous projects have included commissions for the Dickens Museum, Southampton Art Gallery and East Street Arts.
Bob Lewis is a Chartered Accountant and was in practice as a partner in Haines Watts until his retirement in 2007. During his career with the firm he was based in Leeds as the Northern Regional partner and then National Managing Partner as well as being a director of the firm's financial services company. Since his retirement he has served as a non-executive director of an AIM listed company, a magistrate, a school governor and trustee of a number of local charities. He is currently on the advisory board of the Safer Communities Fund set up by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and Chairman of the Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Leeds
Rosi Lister has more than 20 years experience of working across the arts, heritage and learning sectors in Yorkshire, the North East and nationally. Having begun her career in art and design education, Rosi then moved into widening participation & sector skills project development culminating in a range of roles in arts & cultural organisational management. Rosi has subsequently developed a specialism in creating mixed model business strategies that combine public and private sector funding streams alongside strategic cross sector partnerships at local, regional and national levels. Rosi’s current role is that of CEO of CapeUK the Arts Council’s Yorkshire Bridge organisation. Rosi joined the Tetley board of trustees in 2016
Jonathan Straight is an entrepreneur best known for founding and running Straight plc, the UK’s leading supplier of waste and recycling containers which he headed for 21 years before exiting in 2014. As well as starting the business from scratch he floated it on the London Stock Exchange and successfully made a transition from distributor to manufacturer. Jonathan is a trustee of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, a local charity providing social care and is the founder of The Straight Charitable Trust, his own vehicle for helping good causes. He is an investor in start ups and sits as a non-executive director on a number of boards and social enterprises. In his spare time he is a street photographer. Recognised by his waxed moustache and ponytail, Jonathan also has a collection of around 350 pairs of eclectic spectacles.